School is over and you’re leaving for Israel soon! Now is the time to get everything ready and start packing! Here is a short (or not so short) list of things you don’t want to forget.

  1. Towel Because who likes to share a towel?
  2. Deodorant Israel is hot, especially in the summer. Do yourself (and others) a favour and avoid BO. Your bus will thank you too.
  3. Hat Summer in Israel means hot sun and very little shade. Make sure to pack a hat to keep a cool head.
  4. Water Bottle YOU. WILL. NEED. IT.
  5. Pyjamas With a long packing list, you might forget the basics. A reminder to pack your PJ’s!
  6. Toothbrush … and while you’re at it, don’t forget to pack your toothpaste! We know, your roomie might bring one, but it’s always better to have more than one.
  7. Water shoes Because cutting your feet in the Dead Sea really hurts. Trust us, it’s not on your bucket list.
  8. Water Bottle And we don’t mean one of those tiny bottles.
  9. Shampoo Because ocean water won’t cut it.
  10. Sunscreen We all like a good tan, but trust us, the sun in Israel is strong enough to give you a fresh glow, even if you put sunscreen on.
  11. Swimsuit Whether it’s the beach, the pool, or the Dead Sea, you will be grateful for every opportunity to take a refreshing break from the Israeli heat.
  12. Water Bottle Did you pack it yet?
  13. Chargers You surely want to share all your experiences with your friends back home. But how will that work with no power?
  14. Underwear and Socks No explanation needed.
  15. Hiking Boots Israel has so much to see, and each terrain is prettier than the next. You don’t want to focus on every step you take.
  16. By the way, don’t forget to pack your water bottle!
  17. “Clean” clothes for Shabbat Shabbat is the one day/ night that you will want to put on something other than shorts and a t-shirt. Use this opportunity to dress up – ideally in white!
  18. Shorts Embrace the farmer’s tan!
  19. Pants/ Sweatpants For those chilly desert nights.
  20. In case you still have doubts, you NEED to bring a water bottle.
  21. Many t-shirts See deodorant (#2 above).
  22. Adapters* What will happen when your phone dies, or when you can’t shave, or straighten your hair?
  23. Camera Because we know you want your picture reposted on Hillel Ontario’s social media.
  24. Did we say water yet?
 *Electrical equipment has to be adaptable to 220 volts and have an adapter for the prong. Equipment on a motor (i.e. electric shaver) must be adaptable to 50HZ

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